Monday, September 22, 2014

Tutorial: eBrush & Brambly Hedge!

Trena created a whimsical card using an image from the newest additions to the Brambly Hedge collection (available Spetember 23rd!). This adorable swinging mouse is from the Sea Story set.

The main image stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils, Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps, and Spectrum Noir Blending Solution.

The image was colored one section at a time, starting with the darkest color on the outer edges and then lighter towards the center section and then ending with the lightest color.

The colors were then blended with a very small amount of solution and a light touch in small circles. In smaller areas, with only the pencils, it was blended with the lightest color.

Designer Note: Trena puts blending solution in a small container with a sponge to control how much she picks up on her paper blending stumps.

The following Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils were used:

070, 074, solution 
shirt: 024, 026, 112
mouse: 034, 085, 091, solution
hands, feet, tail: 085, 091

To add the streaks of blue for the sky, Trena made a mask for the mouse with a low tack tape and made clouds using the new eBrush System, her TB8 Spectrum Noir marker and a piece of torn paper.

Before removing the mask, she stamped the large tree are from Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Pinescape using Distress Ink Pads (Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn)..

As a final step, she sprayed the card base with the same cloud bands, extended his rope with a fine line marker, and added a sentiment from another new Brambly Hedge set called High Hills.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Tutorial: Watercoloring with Spectrum Noir Refill Inks

Trena is sharing one of her favorite techniques - a watercolor effect with Spectrum Noir Ink Refills! This sweet, romantic image is from one of Sheena Douglass' newest Christmas sets - Aspects - Country Christmas.

Trena built her palette of colors based on a color wheel she made with Spectrum Noir markers. Then using a painting palette, she added drops of ink inside the wells. Even though it dries in the little cups, it reactivates when alcohol is added.

She stamped the image onto Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and traced the outside of the large rectangle from the Die'sire Decorative Dies - Nouveau Stamping Frame around a section of the scene.

To color, she picked up the rich ink with a paintbrush that had been dipped in alcohol. For darker areas, she uses less alcohol, more ink and for lighter areas more alcohol, less ink.

NOTE: the ink will dry fast so it's best to work in one area at a time. Trena uses different size brushes to fill in the rest of the scene

TIP: If you need to lighten an area or if you get ink someplace you don't want it, use the blender to remove it.  She worked in one area at a time filling in color, cleaning the brushes with alcohol in-between colors.

umbrella: CR11
man's coat: GB6
woman's coat: BT2 
man's pants, shoes: BG2 
woman's tights, shoes, gloves: True Black 
tree: TN7 
greenery: CG2, GB6 
white shading - path/snow, coat fur IG2 
sky: IG2, TB5 mixed together

For the final touch, she used Shimmering Cardstock (Black Pearl) to cut the decorative frame from the Nouveau Stamping Frame and added a little snow with a white paint pen.  Isn't this amazing?

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Tutorial: Coloring Spooky Scenes with Spectrum Noir

Taylor created a great fall card colored with Spectrum Noir markers and took pictures along the way to share how she did it!



Step 1: Stamp swirl image twice using Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon Electric Green ink onto Black Pearl shimmering cardstock and set aside to dry.

Step 2: Stamp the image using Tuxedo Black ink on Ultra Smooth White cardstock. Begin by coloring the branch with the darkest color, EB8. Go back and add your mid-tone, EB7, coloring slightly farther toward the middle of the branch (leave white space). Then finish with EB6. Add the mid-tone or darker shade back in any areas that need more shading.

Step 3: On a second piece of cardstock, stamp the image again to color the owl. Don't worry about cleanly stamping the entire image, as this owl will be fussy cut to adhere to the first image. Color the owl using first GB10, then GB9, and finishing his wings and outer face with GB8. His stomach and inner face are colored with GB3, GB2, GB1.

Step 4: Going back to the original stamped image, color the moon with EB2 and EB1.

Step 5: Color the dark night sky, following this tutorial found on the Spectrum Noir website.

Step 6: Color the hat using CG2, CG1.

Step 7: Add shading to the clouds using IG1 and IG2.

To put the whole card together:
  • die cut the image you've just colored
  • fussy cut the owl stamped and colored on extra cardstock, adhere over the owl on the die-cut image using foam/dimensional adhesive. (optional: add googly eyes)
  • die cut a scalloped sqaure mat for the main image
  • adhere all pieces to card base, add twine as desired! 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tutorial: Creating Neon Borders

Lori is back with fun party invitations, full of bright colors, a fabulous neon border, and easy coloring! See how she created these in her tutorial below:


Directions for A2 size cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") NOTE: You can do this before or after you stamp and color your images:

Step 1: Create a mask that is 3 3/4" x 5". Add temporary adhesive around edges. This size will give you a 1/4" border all the way around the card front.

Step 2: Place mask on card front.

Step 4: Sponge on ink.

Step 5: Carefully remove mask. NOTE: Radiant Neon Inks are pigment inks --- so they take a little longer to dry. Be careful when removing the mask not to smear and smudge the ink. And be careful not to pull the mask off too quickly -- you don't want your cardstock to tear. Let the ink completely dry before finishing the card.

TIP: You can pre-print the inside of your invitations. Just type up the party information, using whatever program you have on your computer, and print on your cardstock. Remember -- 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock makes 2 cards.

I made a few different versions of the invites, just to keep things fun!

This one I stamped the images lower -- making the spiderweb border only on top and a solid border strip on the bottom.

Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 112, 117, 120, 044, 045, 049, 078, 080, 024, 027, 001, 005, 009, 020, 021; Blending Solution and Paper Stumps.

Look at all the shimmer on the Black Pearl Shimmering cardstock!

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Tutorial: Haunted Neon Invitation

Lori has created a marvelous tutorial to share with you how to make a giant moon on your cards! The Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko Radiant Neon inks are the perfect thing to achieve this fun effect.



Step 1: Die-cut or punch a circle to use as a mask. You can create a mask with any scrap paper by adding temporary or re-positional adhesive on the back. You just need the mask to stay in place, with all the edges securely tacked down, while you're sponging the ink.

Step 2: Tap a Sponge Dauber on the Radiant Neon Electric Orange ink pad. Begin sponging the ink in a circular motion -- starting on the mask -- then moving outward onto the cardstock panel. Doing it this way will give you a smoother blended look.

Step 3: Remove the mask and you have the PERFECT background for our stamped images! This really creates fantastic depth.

Step 4: Stamp the spider and sentiment as shown in picture. Then stamp an extra spider and the skull on scraps.

Step 5: Color the spider body with Spectrum Noir marker CG3. Shade the skeleton head with IG2. Use a fine tip marker to extend the spiders’ silk thread to the top of the panel.

Step 6: This next technique is a great way to stretch your ink pads. We're going to color all the eyes with the Radiant Neon Electric Yellow ink. Simply pick up ink by tapping a sponge coloring tool -- such as the Fantastix from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko -- directly on the ink pad and then color the image.

Step 7: I love making DIY cardstock to perfectly match my projects. If you have white cardstock and ink, you are set! This panel will go under the main image panel - so we only need to sponge ink on the outer edges.

Step 8: The last technique is paper piecing. See how the spider on the far left is stamped on the orange pigment ink? If we color it with our Spectrum Noir Markers, it could damage the nibs. It would also be very difficult to match the color of the spiders. The solution --- paper piecing. Trim out the body of the extra spider. Run a black marker around the cut edges. This is so the white cardstock doesn't show on the sides. Adhere flat.

Here's how to finish up the card:
• Using 6" x 6" Chevrons Embossalicious embossing folder, emboss front of a lime green card base.
• Punch the bottom edge of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock panel with border punch.
• Assemble all the layers flat onto front of card.
• Add green glitter to spider bodies - including the spider on the skeleton head.
• Fussy cut skeleton head and adhere with 3D Foam Adhesive.
• Wrap bakers twine around the card and tie.

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